Hello partners!

 

 
 
Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing news about the string of exciting product launch announcements at Microsoft. Most recently, the big news is that Microsoft partners can now purchase on-premises versions of Microsoft Office!
 
 
This release of Office is very much the modern Office, offering a fluid and polished experience, across devices, while retaining key layout features and tools that users will readily recognize. We’re talking about an experience that enables people to collaborate in new ways, from practically anywhere—without sacrificing security or compliance requirements. For you, Office 2013 represents tremendous opportunities for you to build stronger relationships with your customers by helping them modernize their workplaces to increase productivity for individuals and groups. Helping customers unleash their best ideas, get things done and stay connected on the go enables you to extend your business reach—and demonstrate the full breadth of your organization’s expertise.
 
 
 
So, now is the time to get ready! Commercial availability for Microsoft Office 365 is scheduled for release the first quarter of calendar year 2013. The Office page on the Partner Portal has a ton of resources; the “Get ready” section in particular features resources specific to partners across a variety of business focus areas who serve customer organizations of all sizes. You can get the latest updates at the Office News blog. And of course, you’ll want to check back here at Digital WPC to find out about tracks and sessions that can help you make the most of the Office opportunity.
 
 
 
While we’re on the subject of getting ready, remember that there’s still time to pre-register and save $300 on an all-access pass. I’m already looking forward to meeting you in Houston!
 
 
 
Best,
 
Kati​​